Cooperation between African Airlines

AIR NAMIBIA, the country’s national carrier, believes that airlines on the African continent should recognise that there is a need to cooperate and jointly exploit opportunities applying the win-win principle.  To achieve its laudable objective, the airline is busy with a re-organisation exercise that includes benchmarking its services against some of the most successful African carriers.  This was disclosed by the Managing Director, Mrs Theo Namases during a visit to the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) headquarters.
As part of its strategy, Air Namibia is investing in newer generation aircraft to replace the existing ageing fleet, and is also seeking to forge commercial cooperation arrangements with successful airlines to extend its market coverage and provide customer flexibility and convenience.  Briefing AFRAA’s secretary general on the operations of the airline, Mrs Namases said that Air Namibia aims to increase its contribution to the socio-economic development of Namibia and of the African continent in general, and that it is for this reason that it is keen to move its operations “to the next level by learning from the best and benchmarking their services with the finest in the world.”
Secretary general, Dr Elijah Chingosho reassured the carrier that the organisation will continue its support whenever required.  He called for a more active participation of the airline in AFRAA’s activities including attendance by the CEO at the Annual General Assembly, this year to be held in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco, in November.
Air Namibia was founded in 1946, initially as South West Air Transport, and was renamed South West Airways in 1959.  Rebranded Namib Air in 1978, the government acquired majority shareholding in 1982 (and is now sole shareholder).  It further elevated Air Namib as the principal airline of SWA/Namibia.  Following the country’s independence Namib Air was renamed Air Namibia.  It currently has a fleet of nine aircraft and operates to four domestic destinations, seven intra-Africa regional destinations, and one long-haul destination to Frankfurt in Germany.  It took delivery of the first of its three Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft on February 11, this year to be used on domestic and some of the planned new regional destinations.  (Via Chris Cauchi)